Rainy Monday morning Peoria greetings to one and all!
Yes rain in Peoria in December! Thanks to a very strong El Nino this year we are having very atypical weather here in Central Illinois. You would expect by the middle of December that we should have already had a couple of snow falls and some cold weather, but thatâ€™s not the case this year! The best part is that you donâ€™t have to shovel rain, so Iâ€™m not complaining!!! We are supposed to have a more mild winter with warmer temperatures and less precipitation and thatâ€™s just fine with me after having been blasted with a lot of snow the past couple of years. It was just two winters ago in Peoria that we had a record snowfall for the winter! Thatâ€™s quite a contrast from yesterday with the temperature in the 60â€™s and rain, but Iâ€™ll take it!
One of the things that has been somewhat hurt with this warm weather has been the PNC Winterfest in downtown Peoria. Right next to the Peoria City Hall and the Peoria Civic Center, they have constructed a winter wonderland with a temporary and artificial ice skating rink. Despite having these warm temperatures, they have still been able to make ice and people are out there skating and itâ€™s great to see! Iâ€™d been meaning to get down there and shoot a few photos, but have been so busy that I just havenâ€™t had the time. I was finally able to get there this past Friday night and on the drive there it was drizzling and I was thinking that no one would be skating and it would be a waste of time to be taking photos, but I was wrong! The rink was packed and there were a ton of people from young to old out there skating and having a great time! They also had a ice slide as well and it was fun to watch those that were younger flying down on saucers and tubes! All and all everyone had a great time and a little drizzle never hurt anyone!
Hereâ€™s a couple of snaps from the PNC Winterfest and the fun that was being had this past Friday night!
Letâ€™s all have a great week and thanks for checking out these photos!!!
Kev and Jan
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